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Technical support to develop guidelines and tools for HIV surveillance using programme data

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HIV sentinel surveillance (HSS) system was set up in 10 provinces in 1994 to monitor HIV prevalence annually among people who inject drugs (PWID), female sex workers (FSWs), men who have sex with men (MSM), sexually transmitted infection (STI) patients, antenatal clinic women (ANC), and army recruits (AR). The program was expanded to 12 provinces in 1995, 20 provinces in 1996, and 30 provinces in 2001, 40 provinces in 2003, and 41 provinces in 2013. Since 2010, the routine HSS has added a behavioral component (HSS+). The HSS+ was conducted among PWID, FSW, and MSM.

Due to limited resources, since 2014, STI patients, antenatal women, and army recruits have been excluded from the HSS system and in 2017, the program was reduced to 20 provinces and conducted rotate among PWID in one year and among FSWs and MSM in the other year.

The government has recognized, however, that the information about trends in HIV prevalence among these low risk populations is necessary for country to monitor the course of their epidemics, measure the effectiveness of control and prevention interventions, and plan further HIV control efforts. In Viet Nam, pregnant women attending ANC facilities with PMTCT program, patients attending STI clinics, and young men screening at military recruitment sites are routinely provided HIV (and probably other STIs) testing. These program data could provide a cost-effective alternative to ANC, STI, and AR data in HSS. Therefore, it is necessary to undertake an assessment of the existing HIV program data and system, and the development of guideline for using these program data for HIV surveillance purpose. Technical assistance is required to help national HIV program in this regard.

Objectives of the consultancy activity

The proposed APW contractor will support VAAC to:

- To assess the utility of routine program (prevention of mother to child transmission-PMTCT, sexually transmitted infection-STI, and army recruit-AR) data for HIV sentinel surveillance purpose

- To develop guideline document for collecting and using these program data for HIV sentinel surveillance purpose

Description of tasks:

- Desk review current WHO/UNAIDS guidelines and the world practices on using program data for HSS purpose

- Review current program data and data system in three provinces

- Development of draft data collection tools and guidelines

- Finalization of data collection tools and guideline: Based on recommendations made by TWG and comments and feedbacks from provincial surveillance staff, the consultant will finalize the data collection tools and guideline


- 4 Nov 2017 to 20 December 2017


- Qualifications:                     

  1. Essential: University degree on Public Health or Medicine
  2. Desired: Master or higher degree in epidemiology and/or biostatistics.

- Working experience

  1. More than 5 year working in the area related to sentinel surveillance
  2. Experience in providing technical support, preferably in HIV/communicable disease surveillance, to Vietnam government agencies.
  3. Demonstrate proven experience in providing effective support for policy formulation related to HIV surveillance strategy in Vietnam

- Skills / Technical skills and knowledge:

+ Consultant must have skills and knowledge on HIV surveillance. Demonstrated skill and knowledge on sentinel surveillance is preferable.

+ Familiar with HIV/AIDS related program data and system in Vietnam

- Language requirements:

+ Demonstrated proficiency in English in both speaking and writing

- Place of assignment

Hanoi, Viet Nam


Term of Reference

Address for Applications:

Interested applicant can send CV to

Administrative Officer

World Health Organization

304 Kim Ma, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Or by email at:

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Deadline for Submissions:

26 October, 2017




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